Flies Prefer Fizzy Drinks

November 2007
Science Teacher;Nov2007, Vol. 74 Issue 8, p24
Academic Journal
The article discusses a study suggesting that fruit flies prefer carbonated water. Specialized taste cells compel fruit flies to seek out food with microorganisms such as yeast and bacteria which produce carbon dioxide (CO2), which produces soda water when dissolved in water. Neurobiologist Kristin Scott suggests the findings indicate taste sensations beyond those known to humans.


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